Roberts, Ryal vying for final spot

Roberts, Ryal vying for final spot

PHOENIX -- As Opening Day approaches, there is excitement for most in the D-backs' clubhouse, but there is also quite a bit of anxiety.

With Friday night's announcement that Tony Abreu has made the team, only one spot remains. Ryan Roberts and Rusty Ryal are waiting to hear which of them will be in Phoenix on Monday and who will be headed to Triple-A Reno.

The D-backs plan to trim their roster to 25 on Saturday, which should make for some serious tossing and turning on Friday night.

"It's probably the most powerless feeling you can have," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said of what the bubble players are going through.

Roberts, who hit the game-winning homer on Friday, knows that he has had a poor spring, but he's hopeful he's shown enough this past week to keep his spot. If not, he is going to lose a $5,700 deposit on the house he rented and will need to pack up his wife and young daughter and head to Reno.

"My swing is back," he said. "I'm getting right. I know I can hit. It's out of my control right now."